I have often used certain words or phrases that are not found in corporate media. Many of you do so as well, and I’m not speaking of obscenities. There is accepted meaning and usage of words that have yet to appear in a dictionary.
One example we use out here in the free speech zone is the word “corporatism”. We all know what it is. It is the nexus of Big Money and government. Anyone paying a lick of attention these days is well aware that our government has been co-opted into a government of, by, and for the corporations.
There are also dozens of descriptive and/or derogatory words used by political bloggers and activists to label the persons of the opposite political persuasion. Here’s a shout out to all you wing-nuts and lefty wackos out there. For some reason or another, liberal and conservative don’t seem to convey the intended impact anymore.
I have no problem with little old church ladies, or reserved, incurious, old gentlemen who like to think of themselves as conservatives. Especially if they look at others who are different or foreign and simply shrug, “It takes all kinds, but that’s not for me.” We all have relatives like that.
However, there are some others who also identify themselves as conservatives, and they are not a bit like our meek unassuming relatives. They are so far to the right they would be in the SS and Gestapo if they were in Nazi Germany. I’m not talking about Republicans, although these angry bigots, sociopaths, and racists would never vote for a Democrat. These are the idiots who like to say they love America, but would be willing to kill fellow citizens who disagree with them.
They are arrogant and fanatical true believers in their own self-righteousness. They disdain the very notion of equality because, in their mind, they are truly superior to others. I have been using my own term for these hateful, ignorant, intolerant authoritarians. I call them Reich Wingers.
We’ve seen them all over. They are the Klansmen who lynched black men and their supporters.
They are the cops clubbing union members in a picket line, or spraying tear gas into the faces of peaceful protesters.
They are the bullies who would, without provocation, beat or murder gay men who just happen to be in the area.
They are the thugs who would harass and assault Hippies for simply minding their own business.
You get the idea
Yes, and I would also add to that list any corporatist authoritarians who would lie and deceive a nation into a war for their own re-election, power and profit.
Speaking of Bush and Cheney, remember their little “legacy tour” between Election Day and Inauguration Day? They were frantically attempting to get in the last word about what a glorious success their leadership had been.
My favorite part was the repetition of their favorite lie; that they kept us safe. Right. We’re not counting, of course, the attacks of September 11th. Remember the corporate TV networks showing them crowing about there being no further terrorist attacks on the “homeland”?
Maybe we’re not supposed to remember the anthrax murders and accompanying terror. Or is it a rule that only Islamic extremists are qualified to be terrorists? Or, maybe it has something to do with the fact that the intended targets of the anthrax were Democrats and media figures. It seems it’s not terrorism if it’s directed at liberals.
“That’s crazy talk,” I can hear some of you saying. Well, let’s have a look at another case.
Last Monday Jim David Adkisson was sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of murder he committed in a church in Tennessee. He also wounded six others at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.
Why did he do it? Was he a schizophrenic hearing voices in his head telling him to kill witches and demons?
No, he gunned down innocent people because he thought they were liberals.
He is not insane, at least by legal definition. And the voices he was influenced by were those of fellow conservative hate mongers. Police found books and material in his home by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and Bill O’Reilly.
We have a clear picture of how and what these Reich Wing nuts think. Adkisson released a sort of suicide note he’d written before his rampage. After complaining about not getting a good job, he explained his violent hateful act as a political expression. We see him refer to the book about 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg. Here are some excerpts from his “manifesto”.
“Lately I’ve been feeling helpless in our war on terrorism. But I realized I could engage the terrorists’ allies here in America. The best allies they’ve got. The Democrats! The democrats have done everything they can do to tie our hands in this War on Terror. They’re all a bunch of traitors. They want America to loose this war for reasons I can not understand. It makes me soooo mad!”
Why is that, you may wonder. He tells us:
“The worst problem America faces today is Liberalism...Liberals have attacked every major institution that made America great. From the Boy Scouts to the Military, from education to Religion. The major news outlets have become the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. Liberals are evil, they embrace the tenets of Karl Marx, they’re Marxist, socialist, communists.”
Wherever would an American get such enlightenment? Or would that just be Reich Wing “entertainment”? Hitler would have loved this guy.
He devoted one page to his venomous diatribe against the “Ultra-Liberal” Unitarians.
Just to be clear, he gives us three points on the page titled, “Know This If Nothing Else”.
"1. This was a hate Crime:
I hate the damn left-wing liberals. There is a vast left-wing conspiracy in this country and these liberals are working together to attack every decent and honorable institution in the nation, trying to turn this country into a communist state. Shame on them.
2. This was a Political Protest:
I’m protesting the liberal Supreme Court Justices for giving the terrorists at GITMO constitutional rights. I’m protesting the major news outlets ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, for being the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party. It’s criminal what they’re getting away with. They’re traitors! They must be stopped. I’m protesting the DNC for running such a radical leftist candidate. Osama Hussein Obama, yo mama. No experience, no brains, a joke. Dangerous to America. Hell he looks like Curious George!
3. This was a Symbolic Killing:
Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate and House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg’s book. I’d like to kill everyone in the main stream media. But I know these people were inaccesible to me. I couldn’t get to the generals and high ranking officers in the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It’s the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence!"
He thoughtfully wraps things up in the last page, “In Conclusion”.
“No one gets out of this world alive so I’ve chosen to skip the bad years of poverty. I know my life is going downhill fast from here. The future looks bleak. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m absolutely fed up.
So I thought I’d do something good for the country. Kill Democrats til the cops kill me...Liberals are a pest like termites. Millions of them. Each little bite contributes to the downfall of this great nation. The only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is kill them in the streets. Kill them where they gather. I’d like to encourage other like minded people to do what I’ve done.”
At least he won’t be skipping those last bad years of poverty, in prison. And to top it off he’s unrepentant. Fellow inmate Matthew David Chamberlain said Adkisson insisted that the motive behind the attack was purely ideological.
“He said if he got out (of prison), he’d do it again,” Chamberlain said.
So, there you have it. In his mind he’s a good Christian American patriot.
Adkisson is certainly they type I would label a Reich Winger. And he’s something more, too. We all know what this hateful sociopath is. So why do you suppose the corporate media will not call Adkisson a domestic terrorist?